One of the longest-held beliefs is that the Linux desktop comes with invulnerable and foolproof security system.
A close examination of the security system indicates that this might not be the case after all. The desktop running on Linux Operating System needs enhanced protection to provide it with excellent security and ensure that it can withstand the most vicious attacks from the latest and highly potent malware as well as viruses and spyware of today.
Before delving into the measures you can take, it would be good to explain that one of the reasons behind the ever-increasing blatant hacking of Linux desktops is the desire to steal network bandwidth as well as the storage space. After hacking the Linux servers, the hackers are then able to spread spam, malware and scams together with phishing campaigns to all corners of the world. Life can be quieter for Linux desktop, but not all the time.
Therefore, the question that needs answers is this; what can you do to improve the protection and security of the Linux desktop?
- FDE or Full Disk Encryption
Encrypting the entire hard disk drive is highly advisable regardless of the operating system that you prefer to use. A simple login password would prove insufficient in providing your Linux machine with the protection it needs in case somebody steals it and tries to steal or read all the data contained therein. Encrypting the data secures the data, thus making it impossible for the thief to read anything without the appropriate FDE password.
- Updating the Software
Linux OS requires regular updating. In this regard, do not use it longer than necessary without subjecting Linux to regular updates. All applications within the OS also need regular updating from time to time. Keep the PDF readers, video players and web browsers up to date. Turn the file marked “Important Security Updates” on at all times. For the most part, a large number of the Linux distributions will make updating the software and apps a much simpler process.
- Using Linux Firewall Correctly
The firewall on Linux has an important component known as “iptables”. If you desire to keep the OS safe, and the machine well protected against all manner of malware as well as viruses, learning how to use this and other components of the Linux firewall would be mandatory. Learning how to use specific configuration tools such as UFW Frontends and GUFW would also prove helpful in the end.
- Tightening Security within the Browser
Some of the most common browsers on the market today includes Opera, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. As useful as the browsers are, they present hackers with the fastest route to the Linux machine as well as devices running on other operating systems. Look for the appropriate extensions that make it easier for you to improve the security and level of protection within the browser. The extensions would also increase your level of privacy.
- Using Antivirus Software
A minority of the users who profess undying love and loyalty to Linux would be difficult to convince of the need for installing third-party software on the operating system. Although the level of risk with Linux is much lower than what you would encounter with Windows, this does not mean that you should disregard the need for installation and use of third party antivirus programs on the machine. Follow these tips today and your Linux machine will be safe.
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